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Sam Richardson interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Sam Richardson (“VEEP”, “The Office”) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about the loss of Robin Williams, the Kardashian burglaries, TV show theme songs, TSA agentry, The Snorks, weird audition rooms, the Seinfeld legacy, Kanye West, Weird Al’s chart topper, Luther, Detroit vs. Tampa Bay, NerdHQ, Noah Ritter and Cole’s so-so Al Jarreau.

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Sam Richardson with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland


  • Comment by Todd Mason — August 21, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    I have never bought an action figure for myself, but the doll I had as a kid was some sort of ca. 1969 astronaut guy, who came with (iirc) an lunar landing device. Large, as the 1960s G. I. Joes and Barbies were.

    Some very pleasant singing…I’m perhaps a bit self-satisfied that I had no idea what the PERFECT STRANGERS theme was, though all the others were at least slightly familiar. Of course, pay cable series and those on PBS still have time for theme music…most of the time…

  • Comment by Frank — August 23, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    I absolutely loved when you were singing the theme songs.
    It brought me so much joy. If I wasn’t at work I would have sung along.
    Keep up the great work. You two are awesome.

  • Comment by Frank — August 23, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

    My first action figure was a G.I. Joe called Shipwreck. It came with a little parrot. I thought it was so cool until I showed it to my friends, and they made fun of me. This happened to me a lot. Thinking that I was cool, then finding out that other people did not agree. *Sigh* I’m not sure that has changed.

  • Comment by Erinbeth — August 25, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    My first action figure was of The British Bulldog the WWF wrestler. I was in Junior High and I’m sure there was a boy involved somehow. I did, however keep my little action figure for many years even after that boy was long gone. It is long gone now, but I think about it every once in awhile and chuckle to myself.

  • Comment by Allen P. Williams — August 25, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    Definitely Ghostbusters! I don’t remember which one, specifically, was first but I definitely had all of them.

  • Comment by tomas — August 27, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    the first action figure i remember getting was the clown that John Leguizamo played in the spawn movie. it was super creepy and gross i loved it. i re watched the movie its pretty rough, but they put out a great line of toys for it.

  • Comment by FellHarbor — June 22, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

    The first action figure I asked for specifically as a gift was Catra from She-Ra (with her horse, Storm). And the first action figures I saved up for to buy myself were the Disney’s Gargoyles toys. Had to have them all!

    I remember collecting the Land Before Time puppets with my cousins. I’m not sure what happened, exactly, but somehow I ended up with all of them in my possession… 😛

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